Lemon and Macadamia Cookies

Recipe thanks to wellnourished.com.au

These Lemon Macadamia cookies are a personal favourite – they are so quick to make and they taste divine. They’re also gluten, dairy and grain-free. However, a warning is appropriate… you will not be able to stop at one (at least I can’t!).

Health benefits

Well, firstly, almonds are a rich source of protein, essential fats, and fibre. They also contain antioxidants and mood elevating amino acids. The macadamia nut oil is a very stable, primarily monounsaturated fat with an impressive fatty acid and mineral profile. It adds a delicious, buttery flavour to the mix too. Lemon zest is a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals, antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds. Use the zest of a pesticide-free or organic lemon so you are not ingesting the chemicals and wax often applied to the peel.

Lemon Macadamia Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 150 g almond meal 1¼ firmly packed cups
  • 55 g macadamia oil ¼ cups
  • 50-85 g rice malt syrup honey or maple syrup (¼ cup approx.)
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean powder extract or essence
  • 1 lemon/s finely grated zest of whole lemon plus 1 tbsp juice - very important or they will spread
  • 12 macadamia nuts optional to finish


  • Preheat your oven to 150°C.
  • In a mixing bowl or food processor, combine all of the ingredients above until well combined (Thermomix 5-10 seconds, speed 5).
  • Roll tablespoons of the mix with wet hands or just drop blobs onto a tray lined with baking paper.
  • Flatten with the back of the fork and top with a macadamia nut.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until starting to brown on top.
  • Allow to cool on the tray (they will firm up as they cool). Enjoy!


Airtight in the fridge or freezer.


Choose brown rice syrup as your sweetener.
Choose rice malt or maple syrup as your sweetener
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Course Appetizer, Baking - Sweet, Breakfast, Dessert, School Lunches, Snack, Special Occasion - Adult Party, Special Occasion - Christmas, Special Occasion - Kids Party
Keyword lemon, macadamia nuts
Allergy Dairy Free, FODMAP Friendly, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free, Peanut Free, Refined Sugar Free, Salt Free, Sesame Free, Soy Free, Wheat Free
Value Halal, Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian

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About the Author: Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a Naturopath (20+ yrs exp.) author, mother and passionate health educator. On her website (Well Nourished) she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories. Georgia is committed to supporting the health of this generation and especially loves to help parents feed their children ‘well’. She endeavours to simplify nutrition and make cooking nourishing meals achievable for everyone.

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